Skip to comments.Church attendance 'to fall by 90%
Posted on 12/22/2008 8:43:46 PM PST by Marechal
In one of the most holy weeks in the Christian calendar, a report says that in just over a generation the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services will fall to less than a tenth of what they are now.
Christian Research, the statistical arm of the Bible Society, claimed that by 2050 Sunday attendance will fall below 88,000, compared with just under a million now.
The controversial forecast, based on a "snapshot" census of church attendances, has been seized upon by secular groups as proof that the established church is in decline. But the Church of England has rejected the figures, saying they were incomplete and ignored new ways of worshipping outside the church network.
Keith Porteous-Wood of the National Secular Society said: "Church attendance has already been in decline for over 60 years, all over Britain, in all major denominations and across all age groups, except the over-65s. Independent statisticians now have enough data to predict confidently that the decline will continue until Christianity becomes a minority sect of largely elderly people, in little more than a generation."
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As the falling away accelerates, I sincerely feel it is but a short time until the end.
who writes these things, Satan?
But the mosques are doing great business.
A big AMEN to that!
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What do you expect when the Church of England’s own Arch-bishop suggest that they embrace Shariah and call God “Allah”?
With that kind of milquetoast relativism, it’s a wonder anyone attends the Church of England. What’s the point? What do they stand for?
Depressingly obvious. They stand for everything, and so stand for nothing.
Wrongo—The future belongs to Jesus Christ. 90% will be joining churches soon. That day is coming when people will have to chose God or Satan. A great re-awaking is coming soon.
You said — “As the falling away accelerates, I sincerely feel it is but a short time until the end.”
Jesus did ask if He would find faith when He returned...
The Archbishop of Canterbury is an embarassment.
People will go somewhere for their "spiritual needs". When the communists in China and Russia tried to exterminate religion, they got worship of Lenin and Stalin (well their slowly rotting corpses anyhow) in Russia. Communism fell and Christianity came back in massive force. China had Mao and his little red book and when communism weakened slightly in rushed Christianity and Falun Gong as real hope for the future.
The firghtening possibility for UK is that their spiritual needs might be met by Islam in the future.
Uh, like what?
The “spiritual need” of Britons is either medicated through various media outlets, or through some flavor of Universalist Liberalism or Leftism (I.e. Godless christianity).
For members of the COE? That's not up their alley.
I wouldn’t attend a church run by that unspeakable “Archbishop,” either.
I suppose it sort of depends on whether you believe less church attendence is causing the decline, or a symptom of the decline. Certainly religious belief is not declining - quite on the contrary, in spite of what National Secular Society fondly hopes.
You can almost feel the glee in Mr Porteus-Wood’s voice. What kind of person gets a kick out of witnessing other people’s distress? It’s a strange thing...secularists love to ridicule religous institutions and people, but religious folk are largely unconcerned about secular groups (apart from offering help).
I’m sure the National Secular Society will be equally forthright in attacking the illogical idiosyncracies of Islam.
...or maybe not.
Very profound! I like that.
The great strength of the Church of England (and in spite of all the predictions, it continues to survive and in fact is very good at introducing new initiatives) is that it is a very “broad” Church...there really is an enormous variation in style and theological position.
Unfortunately, that inclusiveness, as you say, is also its biggest weakness.
While I agree with the advice, what on earth is a "futurist expert?"
While I agree with the advice, what on earth is a “futurist expert?”
I suspect he is very rich since he would know how to play the market.
A person that studies trends and predicts what will be happening over the next few years.